Marine Highway Project Applications Being Accepted by DOT
The Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration is again accepting applications for projects under the Marine Highway Program.
The objective of the MHP is to reduce landside congestion and increase the use of domestic marine transportation by supporting the development of transportation options for shippers. MHP-designated projects can improve safety and system resilience and serve to reduce transportation-related air emissions, transportation costs for shippers, energy consumption, and costs associated with landside transportation infrastructure.
MARAD is now seeking additional projects that may establish new or enhance existing marine highway services. Being designated a marine highway project allows DOT resources to be used to assist public project sponsors, ports and other local transportation or economic development agencies in the development of marine highway projects.
To be eligible, a proposed project must use U.S. documented vessels; transport passengers, containerized freight or trailer-based freight; and operate on a designated marine highway route. However, since the number of navigable waterways eligible for designation as a marine highway route was increased in 2012, MARAD will consider projects that would operate on newly eligible navigable waterways that have been recommended for, but not yet granted, a marine highway route designation.
There will be five project review periods during the extended open season, as follows. Qualified projects will be announced shortly after the completion of each project review period.
- due date Dec. 31, 2016; review period Jan. 1 through April 30, 2017
- due date June 30, 2017; review period July 1 through Oct. 31, 2017
- due date Dec. 31, 2017; review period Jan. 1 through April 30, 2018
- due date June 30, 2018; review period July 1, 2017, Oct. 31, 2018
- due date Dec. 31, 2018; review period Jan. 1 through April 30, 2019